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A New Adventure in Flash Fiction: Friday Fictioneers ?

I am setting myself a new challenge – joining in with as many Friday Fictioneers 100 word flash fiction challenges (thank you Louise Jensen!) as I can. It has been SUCH a long time since I have written any short stories, let alone flash fiction but I’m taking the plunge, hoping it will help me hone my editing skills in the novel I’m currently writing. And wow, I found it hard. But, at the same time, I loved it.

So, here goes. This week, a story is to be written from this photo prompt:


Credit: Jennifer Pendergast

The Ghost of Us

The first picnic day of late spring, finally warm enough to spread a rug out, allow the sun to infiltrate our wintered bones. I approach it now with both dread and longing. For years, it was a tradition: the same spot in the local park, a bottle of wine for us, apple juice for Harry.

When we became just two, Harry wouldn’t leave my side.

But this year, he trots over the gleaming grass. Away from me, away from the ghost of us. He is finally healing I think, and with this knowledge comes both gut-wrenching sorrow and deep gratitude.

This short story was written for Friday Fictioneers. See Rochelle Wisoff’s website for more details.


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